Series (Game 2 of 4)

Montreal leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 13th
Game 2: Thursday, December 23rd
Game 3: Saturday, February 26th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 30th

Canadiens 3

(20-13-2, 42 pts)

Hurricanes 2

(15-14-4, 34 pts)

Coverage: RDS

7:00 PM ET, December 23, 2010

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
MTL 0 3 03
CAR 0 2 02

S. Gomez (Canadiens - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

J. Spacek (Canadiens - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

C. LaRose (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Canadiens-Hurricanes Preview


The Montreal Canadiens have given up plenty of goals while losing five of six, and Carey Price is not happy with the effort.

The Canadiens will try to end a four-game road losing streak when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Montreal (19-13-2) remains atop the Northeast Division despite this dismal stretch in which it has allowed 3.83 goals per game, one of the worst marks in the league in that span. Price has started five of the games, going 1-4-0 with a 3.83 GAA.

He stopped 12 shots in a 5-2 loss at Dallas on Tuesday. Two of the goals were on deflections and another came when two defenders allowed Jamie Benn to skate through them for a short-handed goal.

"It wasn't good all around," Price said. "We couldn't get a break. That's a team that's a blue-collar team. They brought a lunch-bucket effort and got rewarded for it."

Price's GAA has risen from 1.92 to 2.23 in his last five starts.

Michael Cammalleri had his seven-game point streak snapped after amassing eight in that run. Brian Gionta tied Cammalleri for the team lead with his 12th goal and third in four games.

Roman Hamrlik leads Montreal defensemen with 15 points, but has none in his last six games for his longest drought since the final eight contests of last season.

Montreal will try to duplicate its effort from a 7-2 home win over Carolina (15-13-4) on Nov. 13. Tomas Plekanec had a goal and three assists as the Canadiens earned a rare victory over Cam Ward, who was pulled in the second period after stopping 18 of 22 shots.

Ward has gone 11-4-2 with a 2.63 GAA in 17 career starts against the Canadiens. He should be back in goal Thursday after backup Justin Peters started a 5-1 road loss to Tampa Bay on Monday.

Peters did not fare well in his first action since last Wednesday, when he entered in relief of Ward and made 21 saves for his first win, 4-3 at Florida.

"Justin came in the other night in Florida and played great for us, and helped us get the two points in the win with the big comeback," coach Paul Maurice said. "He seemed a little off his mark today."

The Hurricanes had a four-game win streak snapped. Former Canadiens winger Sergei Samsonov scored a power-play goal in the first period as Carolina completed a grueling stretch.

"I never like to use excuses for our team but four (games) in six (days) I thought set into it toward the end of it, we had some guys under the weather a little bit," Maurice said. "But we are responsible for our own mistakes and accountable to each other for them."

Carolina is one of the league's worst penalty killing teams at 78.3 percent and has allowed six goals in 22 chances over the last five games.

Hurricanes star Eric Staal has recorded seven goals and six assists in his last six games against Montreal.